Callitriche deflexa A.Braun ex Hegelm.

Monogr. Callitriche 58 (1864) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Terrestrial, mat-forming. Leaves spathulate to elliptic, 1.3–3 mm long, 0.5–1.6 mm wide, obtuse, obscurely 3-veined, petiolate; upper leaves not rosetted. Flowers paired, a male and female together in opposite axils; bracteoles absent; stamen 0.4–0.6 mm long, not elongating as fruit ripens, filament shorter than ripe fruit; styles recurved, 0.2–0.8 mm long, persistent. Fruit subcordate, 0.5–0.7 mm long, 0.7–0.9 mm wide, usually pedicellate, not thickened at base, light-brown or reddish-brown maturing to dark brown to black; wing very narrow. Naturalized in Victoria around the margins of lakes, in cracks in pavement, edges of paths and on bare ground in lawn, in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne. Flowers and fruits throughout the year.

*GipP. Native to the east coast of South America and Central America.

Created by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2016-06-15
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2017-09-06
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Lamiales
genus Callitriche
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Callitriche deflexa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Callitriche deflexa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present naturalised

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